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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-12-2011, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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What engine oil are you using

Ok guys engine oils are a touchy subject every body has there own secret. Lets get some of the knowledge out for some of the members to use. A/C is pricey and some times you have to drive out of your way to get it.

What brand oil are you using?
What weight of oil are you using?
Does it have to be ATV/UTV/Motorcycle oil?
Does it need to say wet clutch approved?
Can you use any motorcycle oil that says wet clutch approved?



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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-12-2011, 09:06 AM
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I am using rotella t-6 synthetic
5-40w
Arctic cat says per manual it does not need to say wet clutch.
Only need to look for the api rating on the back of the bottle for the SM certification.

As long as it is not a energy conserving oil you will be ok.

This is from the manual...........................

Although Arctic Cat ACX All Weather synthetic engine
oil is the only oil recommended for use in this engine,
use of any API certified SM 5W-50 oil is acceptable.
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Acrtic Cat ACX 5w50 But Im an Amsoil Dealer. Amsoil dosent make a 5w50.

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i wonder if Royal Purple has 5/50? I use it in my truck, love it

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amsoil, 10-40 love it never had anything else, and AC oil filters only....
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As a dealer tech I would not use Amsoil or some of the other miracle synthetics. We have recently been replacing the centrifugal clutches in units with the miracle oils. The diesel oils seem to be fine as the oils rated for compression ignition meet very rigorous tests simular to what high performance and racing engines need. API ratings are very deceiving as they are for the automotive industry and many factors for what offroad engines need are not considered. The A-Cat oil is good and I have seen the prowler engines come in over a quart low and still be fine. If I were to give a recomendation it would be the A-Cat oil or an oil recomended for motorcycle engines from a simular manufacturer. The diesel oils would only be a get by although I have seen nothing to disqualify them. The Amsoil and other miracle synthetics are a reciepe for disaster.
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As a dealer tech I would not use Amsoil or some of the other miracle synthetics. We have recently been replacing the centrifugal clutches in units with the miracle oils. The diesel oils seem to be fine as the oils rated for compression ignition meet very rigorous tests simular to what high performance and racing engines need. API ratings are very deceiving as they are for the automotive industry and many factors for what offroad engines need are not considered. The A-Cat oil is good and I have seen the prowler engines come in over a quart low and still be fine. If I were to give a recomendation it would be the A-Cat oil or an oil recomended for motorcycle engines from a simular manufacturer. The diesel oils would only be a get by although I have seen nothing to disqualify them. The Amsoil and other miracle synthetics are a reciepe for disaster.
I have friends that have used Amsoil Motorcycle oils for years and many miles with no Problems.

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As a dealer tech I would not use Amsoil or some of the other miracle synthetics. We have recently been replacing the centrifugal clutches in units with the miracle oils. The diesel oils seem to be fine as the oils rated for compression ignition meet very rigorous tests simular to what high performance and racing engines need. API ratings are very deceiving as they are for the automotive industry and many factors for what offroad engines need are not considered. The A-Cat oil is good and I have seen the prowler engines come in over a quart low and still be fine. If I were to give a recomendation it would be the A-Cat oil or an oil recomended for motorcycle engines from a simular manufacturer. The diesel oils would only be a get by although I have seen nothing to disqualify them. The Amsoil and other miracle synthetics are a reciepe for disaster.
Great information. I have only used A/C oil but the topic keeps coming up so I wanted to start a thread and get some views. Does it really matter if you use a power sports AKA motorcycle oil that says wet clutch?



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Great information. I have only used A/C oil but the topic keeps coming up so I wanted to start a thread and get some views. Does it really matter if you use a power sports AKA motorcycle oil that says wet clutch?
Oil is a touchy subject and everybody has their favorite. The "Power Sports" oils are tested to much different standards than the automotive oils and are more suited to the off-road environment. Given our current engines have a wet clutch I wouild say the endorsement is necessary. I do not have a specific brand I would recomend over another. If I had a Kawi, Suzuki, Honda or Yamaha dealer close I would use their ATV specific oil. The oil in my bikes right now is 20w50 Yamalube semi-synthetic. I only run it in the summer months and I buy a few cases at a time. I have had the best luck with this oil in my big air cooled V-Twins and its always on the shelf. The winter oil is the A-Cat ACX 5W50 synthetic we keep a hundred gallons or so in stock at the shop.
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